The Oil & Gas Year, in partnership with the Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), conducted its second strategic roundtable for Oman, in Muscat, on May 8, 2014. The event was held in the Boardroom of the Oman Ministry of Oil and Gas.
The event brought together H.E. Salim bin Nasser Al-Aufi, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Mr. Raoul Restucci, the managing director of Petroleum Development Oman, Mr. Dave Campbell, general manager of BP Oman, Mr. Shahrokh Etebar, CEO of CC Energy Development, Dr. Anwar Al-Kharusi, head of international investment at Oman Oil Company, Mr. Simon Karam, director of Sarooj Construction Company, Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Jahwari, CEO of Modus Oman Drilling Systems, Mr. Ahmed J Al Mazrui, director of Mott MacDonald, Mr. Yasser Al Baraimi, CCO of Gulf Energy, Sayyid Mohammed Ali Al Said, managing director of VEC Oil and Gas Consultants and Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Mahruki, director of innovation at The Research Council to engage in an open and constructive dialogue about the progress Oman has made, and the challenges it has to address, in terms of incentivizing innovation and technology transfers in the country’s oil and gas sector.
The Oil & Gas Year Oman Country Director Peter Szabadi and OPAL CEO Irshad Moosa Al Lawati moderated the roundtable.
The discussion, entitled ‘Technology, Innovation and Best Practices – The evolution of Oman’s operating environment’, covered a number of subjects, including Oman’s record in applying new technologies, the importance of efficiency measures in existing processes to improve the performance of operators in short and long term, the impact of the government’s in-country value (ICV) strategy on companies’ capabilities to take on new best practice concepts and the need to formulate an integrated approach to make sure that technology and industry best practise are transferred efficiently through Oman’s major oil and gas megaprojects.
“With Oman having little choice but to venture into more complicated unconventional territories, dialogues like The Oil & Gas Year’s roundtable are key to assess the country’s technology and risk preparedness for the upcoming megaprojects. Today’s discussion was vital in further improving co-operation and information sharing between the public and private institutions, operators, contractors and service companies. The diverse group of executives gathered here today provided us with a clear view of the critical issue of how Oman can optimise the use of its oil and gas best practices and technologies as it journeys into more complex reservoir developments,” said The Oil & Gas Year Country Director Peter Szabadi.
The strategic roundtable will be published in The Oil & Gas Year Oman 2014, which is due to be launched in August 2014.
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